Agenda and Breakouts

Thursday, March 30, 2017

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Registration & Check-in

Noon - 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch & Partner Bar Updates

1:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Ethics Program - May qualify for 3 hours of ethics

If You Build It, They Will Come…Success Through Client Development

Lawyering is a business and not just a practice. This innovative and dynamic program is more than a seminar – it's actually a workshop filled with real life practical tips designed to teach you how to build a clientele. You'll come away with ideas that fit your practice and your style which you can use the minute you walk out the door.

You will learn the secrets of the greatest salespeople and why those secrets are used by the most successful lawyers.

Discover how to:

  • Identify your top skills and tie them to your business;
  • Develop new ways to explain to others exactly what you do;
  • Encourage potential clients to want you as their lawyer;
  • Get referrals without even trying;
  • Think like the greatest business builders.

Whether you're a brand new practitioner or you've been doing this work for years, this workshop is sure to invigorate you with a fresh new perspective on what it takes to be a successful rainmaker.

Jennifer Erickson, Jennings, Haug & Cunningham, L.L.P.

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Refreshment Break

Friday, March 31, 2017

7:45 am - 8:15 am

Registration & Breakfast - Full-Day & AM Attendees

8:15 am - 8:30 am

Welcome and Introductions

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Plenary Session:

50 Years Later: The Legacy of Loving v. Virginia and the Right to Marry

Evan Wolfson, widely considered to be the architect of the freedom to marry movement, will participate in an interactive discussion with Prof. Matsumura on the impact of Loving v. Virginia on marriage equality and why success in winning freedom to marry still matters today.

Evan Wolfson, Founder of Freedom to Marry
Professor Kaiponanea T. Matsumura, Associate, ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Jessica Hernandez, Mayes Telles, President, Arizona LGBT Bar Association

10:15 am - 11:45 am

Breakout Session I

Breakout 1A: Immigration Updates-Post Election

Speakers will discuss the latest developments in immigration law in the US in the wake of the election of Donald Trump.

Elizabeth Chatham, Osborn Maledon, PA
Alma Montes de Oca, Esq.
Ayensa Millan, Cima Law Group, PC
Claudia P Lopez, Law Office of Claudia P Lopez PLLC

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Breakout 1B: National and Regional Infrastructure Development and its Impacts on Indian Country

Indian tribes, lands and sacred sites are often impacted by transportation, energy and utility projects that largely serve off-reservation communities. Tribal decision making regarding these projects are multi-faceted and involve analyzing the potential impacts that these projects have to tribal criminal and civil jurisdiction, religious sacred sites both on and off tribal reservation lands, and sometimes, even the potential for economic development that might occur. Tribal perspectives on projects such as the Dakota Access Pipeline, and both the Arizona's Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) & 202 (South Mountain Freeway) will be presented.

Melissa Tatum, Professor, U of A James E. Rogers College of Law
Linus Everling, General Counsel, Gila River Indian Community
Diane Enos, Director Family Advocacy Center and Past-President, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Chair and Moderator:
Theresa Rosier, Deputy General Counsel, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and President of the Native American Bar Association of Arizona

11:45 am - Noon

Exhibit and Networking Break

Noon - 1:30 pm

Lunch - Full-Day and PM Attendees

Keynote Speaker: Virginia G. Essandoh, Chief Diversity Officer, Ballard Spahr, LLP (PA)

Tang Writing Competition Award Presentation: Dr. Pearl Tang

1:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Breakout Sessions II & III - The Chris Nakamura Judicial Workshop (Breakout B) runs as three 1-hour sessions

Breakout 2A: Maintaining Balance and Promoting Mental Health: Strategies, Tips and More (1:30 - 3:00 pm)

Lawyers are not only just as likely as anyone else, but perhaps more likely than most, to experience challenges in maintaining and promoting their own mental and physical wellness. You'll hear from Dr. Ellie Izzo about the potentially negative impact of the work we do on our mental health and then join a conversation between the Hon. Donn Kessler and Jim Fassold, Tiffany & Bosco, about strategies to promote and maintain your well-being and balance, through a variety of strategies including mindfulness, time and stress management, and from their own personal lessons learned.

Hon. Donn Kessler, Court of Appeals, Division I
Jim Fassold, Tiffany & Bosco
Ellie Izzo, Ph. D., LPC
Chair and Moderator:
Spencer Proffitt, Meagher & Geer, PLLP
Roberta Tepper, State Bar of Arizona

Breakout 3A: #Privacy, Do We Still "Like" Our Civil Liberties? (3:15 - 4:45 pm)

Privacy is among our fundamental rights as Americans. It mattered well before WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden; in fact, advocacy for this right dates back to 1890. This breakout session will review the constitutional origins of privacy; explore the typical digital footprint of attorneys today and the impact technology has on the expectation of privacy; and discuss whether we must choose between civil liberties and new technology.

Alexis Firehawk, Carpenter, Hazlewood, Delgado & Bolen, PLC
Lindsey O'Connor, Christian Dichter & Sluga, PC

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Breakout 2B & 3B: Chris Nakamura Judicial Workshop

Hour One (1:30-2:30) "The Faces of our Judiciary"
Panelists will discuss the "Gavel Gap" report and the Arizona statewide 2016 Judicial Diversity Survey conducted under the auspices of the Arizona Supreme Court's Commission on Minorities in the Judiciary and the UA James E. Rogers School of Law.

Hon. Maurice Portley, Court of Appeals Division I (retired)
Professor Paul Bennett, U of A James E. Rogers School of Law

Hour Two (2:40-3:40) "A Day in the Life: What Judges Really Do"
For many of us our image of a judge is that of someone sitting in robes presiding over a courtroom. In reality, judicial officers working lives involve much unseen work. This workshop will feature an informative discussion from a diverse panel of distinguished jurists on what a day in the life of an Arizona judge is really like.

Hon. Anna Huberman, Country Meadows Justice Court, Maricopa County
Hon. Michael Hintze, Phoenix Municipal Court
Hon. Kerstin Lemaire, Maricopa County Superior Court
Hon. Rebecca White Berch, Arizona Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, Division One (retired)

Hour Three (3:45-4:45) "The Nuts and Bolts of: Applications, Interviews, Resumes, Letters, Phone Calls"
This panel of public officials who facilitate the selection and appointment process will provide instruction and information on how to prepare to seek judicial appointment. Panelists will also provide encouragement and resources for lawyers considering a judicial career.

Hon. Ron Reinstein, Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments (retired)
Michael Liburdi, General Counsel, Office of Govenor Doug Ducey
Hon. Rosa Mroz, Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioners Selection Committee
Lynette Campbell, Phoenix Municipal Court Judicial Selection Advisory Board

Chairs and Moderators:
Hon. Roxanne Song Ong, Phoenix Municipal Court (retired)
Frankie Jones, Bureau Chief Maricopa County Attorney's Office-Probation Violation Bureau

Electronic Materials:
Electronic materials are delivered by email prior to the program. Participants are encouraged to bring iPads, laptops, tablets or smartphones.

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